Dear Norfolk Neighbor, January 2012
Where were you when the lights went out?
2011 was another year of challenges and Mother Nature helped to provide us with a few more! When Tropical Storm Irene blew into town on August 27th, many of us were left without power. How did you cope? Some folks had generators. Some camped out in their own homes. Many of us found ourselves at the Norfolk Public Library!
On that Monday morning, the Library was back in action, providing services to all. The Library staff opened early to accommodate the crowd that had gathered outside. Patrons and non-patrons alike had come armed with laptops, cell phones and other electronic devices, making use of the Library’s own computers as well as its wireless network and electrical outlets to help reconnect with the world. One woman asked if she could iron a shirt for her husband’s job interview the following day and another washed some dishes. Many patrons helped pass the time in the reading rooms or browsing for books and other visual and audio media, and checking out materials to help them fill out the hours at home. The self-service checkout terminals really got a workout!
Once again, the Library served as the heart of this community, helping to keep us all up and running and in touch. Our town Library, often called the gem of our community, was there doing what it does best – connecting us with each other (both electronically and in person), providing access to information and media, and serving as the central meeting place…or a laundry or kitchen…whatever the needs may be when there is an emergency!
So, what else can the Library do for you? Come in person and experience all that the Norfolk Public Library has to offer. Borrow a DVD of that movie you’ve been meaning to see - why pay for on-demand or Red Box? During your workout routine or work commute, listen to that book you have not found the time to read. From your home computer, download borrowed books directly to your e-reader. Bring your kids and grandkids to the many children’s programs. Learn about our community and the world at large through the adult programs and Great Decisions. The Library serves every single person in the community from newborn to 99+ and each and every program - kids and adults alike - is free. You never pay a fee!
Now, down to the nitty-gritty…why have you received this letter? We’d like to ask you to become a Friend or renew your Friend membership. The donation levels have been tailored to fit any budget. You can donate just $20, or be a Jeanne D. Hill Friend for $50 or more. The Library budget is just 1.5% of the total Town budget, and is barely meeting its certification requirements. Virtually all non-mandated services and programs are funded by The Friends. In addition to the programs highlighted on the enclosed Membership envelope, in 2011 The Friends also purchased the tables and chairs in the main lobby, replaced about a dozen aging computers, funded the Overdrive station to download e-books and funded the Transparent Language program. None of these services would
be possible without the support provided by The Friends. Please help us continue to support the Library’s programs and services by making a charitable donation.
The Friends invite you to become an active member and help plan and support our fundraising activities, including The Friends’ Annual Book and Bake Sale. Meetings are held on the first Monday of every month (except July & August) at 7:00 in the Library’s Schoolhouse meeting room.
We hope you will be a Friend, and we thank you in advance for your support of the Friends and our Library. You surely will remember where to go…the next time the lights go out!
President, Friends of the Norfolk Public Library